Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekday Easy Taco Nite

My family loves tacos. Taco is one of those easy meal that you can pull together in a matter of minutes for a busy weekday dinner. Unless you have a lot of time on hand or a keen yearning for carne asada or fish tacos, taco can be made relatively easy minus the elaborate prep.

The most important thing is to have taco shells, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese and salsa on hand. If you have the aforementioned ingredients, taco nite is well within reach.
The condiments of choice when it comes to taco nite is up to your personal preference. We like pace picante sauce, salsa, mexican picante sauce and sriracha hot sauce with our tacos. A dallop of sour cream is great too.
First thing to do is prep the fresh ingredients. Shred the lettuce leaves, cut up tomatoes, diced the onion finely and lay out the cheese on the taco board.

Next, brown up ground beef. I like to take the easy way out by browning the ground beef in the microwave. It takes about 5 minutes in the microwave to cook the ground beef. Just drain off the grease.
Then there is the taco shell. Store bought taco shells come in extremely handy.

Heat up 1/2 cup of oil over high heat on the stove. Cook the taco shell 30 seconds on each side.

Drain the taco shells on paper towels.

When ready to assemble, place a taco shell on your plate.

Place a slice of cheese on the shell.

Top with a handful of lettuce leaves.
Top with onions and tomatoes. Ground beef if you like. I like my vegetable taco, without any meat in it.

Sauces of choice. I like mine with a tablespoon of picante sauce, a squirt of sriracha and a small dallop of sour cream.

Hold taco together and enjoy. Repeat the process till you are full.  Approximate about 3 taco shells for a small eater, 4-6 for a big eater.

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